Virgin Orbit Selected to Launch SatRevolution’s “Constellation of Constellations”
Press release from: Virgin orbit
Posted: Tuesday June 29 2021
Virgin Orbit, the California responsive launch company, today announced it has signed a new memorandum of understanding that will expand its relationship with SatRevolution, the maker of low-cost small satellites and space services company based in Wrocław, Poland. . The new agreement, which comes as two SatRevolution satellites are in the final countdown to launch on Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne system, lays the groundwork for the launch of hundreds of additional satellites as well as the joint development of integrated mission services, and other potential areas of collaboration.
SatRevolution’s first two STORK satellites are fully integrated into a LauncherOne rocket set to launch into orbit from Mojave Air and Spaceport tomorrow morning. As per the MoU, SatRevolution has selected Virgin Orbit to take over several additional space missions each year through 2026, as the company works to develop and populate its “constellation of constellations,” including its constellation STORK and other potential constellations for the Internet of Things (IOT) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) applications.
By further expanding the two companies’ strategic partnership, Virgin Orbit and SatRevolution will also explore ways to streamline the larger space value chain for small satellites. These joint offerings could include payload services hosted on LauncherOne, turnkey solutions for rapid deployment of space services, etc.
In addition, Virgin Orbit and SatRevolution will actively seek ways to further develop the rapidly growing Polish space industry, for example by seeking new opportunities for launch and mission services in the country. Virgin Orbit and SatRevolution will also continue to collaborate alongside several of Poland’s top research universities as part of the Polish Mission to Mars consortium, which is working to develop a series of missions to the Red Planet.
SatRevolution co-founder and CEO Grzegorz Zwoliński said: “This new deal is the best thing that can happen to SatRevolution. The cooperation with Virgin Orbit will confirm SatRevolution both as the center of the Polish NewSpace industry and as a rapidly growing player in the global market. Our two companies share the same desire to make space more accessible and therefore closer cooperation is the natural next step.
Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart commented, “We have a fantastic relationship with the folks at SatRevolution as our two companies are well aligned in our aspirations to advance the small satellite revolution. The Virgin Orbit team is excited about the opportunity to continue our strategic partnership with Grzegorz and his team to collaborate, expand our offerings, and make the benefits of space more accessible to people in Poland, the United States and around the world. world.
Take off for Virgin Orbit Tubular bells: part one The mission is currently targeted for 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. UTC) on Wednesday, June 30. The mission will be broadcast live on the company’s website Youtube channel.
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Virgin Orbit builds and operates the most flexible and responsive satellite launcher ever invented: LauncherOne, a dedicated launch service for small commercial and government satellites. LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California and are launched from our modified 747-400 carrier aircraft, allowing us to operate from locations around the world to best meet the needs of each customer. . To learn more or to apply to join the talented and growing Virgin Orbit team, visit virginorbit.com.
SatRevolution is a Polish company created in 2016 to develop a real-time Earth observation constellation and become the world’s largest operator of EO satellites. The Company aims to deliver 1,024 nanosatellites to low Earth orbit by 2026 to provide 24-hour Earth observation, comprehensive satellite manufacturing and management, as well as compliance monitoring and guidance in on-site engineering. For more, please visit satrevolution.com.
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